The good news. Yes,
All that good news is somewhat counterbalanced by the fact that the country and the world are going to hell very fast. As I have said so many times that I am afraid of sounding gaga, things are not going well for the cause of Western civilization.
These last few days have been particularly bad. Let's start at home. A deranged piece of crap goes on a killing spree on a small Oregon campus and the Progressives can't wait for the facts before they start beating their anti-gun drums. We have the Emperor of the Progs, AKA "President" Obama, immediately launch a canned speech on the need for more gun control. No specifics. No laying out of what he means or wants. No explanation of how any new legislation would have prevented this shooting.
Obama and his Progressive pajama-boy friends should just come out and say what they really want: to scrap the second amendment, put gun makers and importers out of business, and seize all guns from private hands. Just say it. Let's debate that. Let's debate having the government as the sole possessor of weapons. Let's debate putting an end to one of the major checks on government power laid out in the Constitution. The media, of course, have a narrative that they push re gun violence and just won't give up despite the facts. In Oregon, we had a mixed-race immigrant who deeply admired the IRA and ISIS, and hated Christians enough to single them out for murder. The press version? The L.A. Times summed up the Prog approach best: ignore the killer's actual background and claim that he had "white supremacist" leanings--he, in fact, was as black as Obama . . . but, why bother with the facts? My daughter called me the day after the shooting to report that people at her school were saying the shooter was a Republican. With an exasperated tone, she said, "They don't understand that the Republican Party and the Irish Republican Army are not the same thing!" The low information, smart phone, Hollywood-infused morons strike again.
We see that the gun "debate," more a one-sided harangue, ignores a couple of brutal facts: nearly 50% of all murders in the USA are committed by a tiny percentage of the population, i.e., young black men. A very good chunk of the remaining violence and murders are committed by another small group of people, young Latin males. Violence and murder are overwhelmingly phenomena among and by Democratic constituents. Let me be very blunt: Be you black, white, brown, or "mixed," you are much safer in a Republican run area, e.g., "gun infested" Utah, than in a Democratic-run area, e.g., "gun free" Chicago. To have real "gun control" we need to start with the greatest offenders, Democrats. No gun sales to persons registered as Democrats or who vote for Democratic candidates. Democratic supporters should be required to give up their second amendment rights. Problem solved.
The presidential campaign, well, on the Democratic side we have one candidate, Hillary Clinton, who should be in prison, and another, Bernie Sanders, who apparently has never read a book on economics and recites old 1930s CPUSA talking points as though they are new and exciting--and gets thousands of idiots to cheer him! The GOP presidential candidates? Don't know yet. We'll see.
Abroad, as so repetitively discussed and predicted by this little blog, the West is in total collapse. Insane fiscal policies have devastated the economies of the West. Huge debts are being run up. The size and reach of government grows. All the major currencies and stock exchanges are in serious trouble. High unemployment remains persistent. The euro nonsense continues. Western leaders prattle on about climate change. To top it off, the West is now subjected to a massive influx of openly hostile Muslim "refugees" who are taking advantage of the chaos in the Muslim world to bring a slice of that chaos to the West. The chaos, of course, has been made immeasurably worse by the deranged policies followed by the Obama administration. As I have detailed at length before, Obama's criminally insane policies in Libya, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and Iran have opened up a world of hurt. These policies have given openings to our old rivals, Russia and China, to replace Western influence in the Middle East--and elsewhere around the world, including in Latin America. We have a Secretary of State salivating over the possibility of getting the Nobel Peace Prize for helping the crazed Ayatollahs get a nuclear weapon. That sort of sums up where we are.
I am going to sit in my Mustang and listen to the sound of a V-8.